Sherman Charles Martin

Birth: April 16th, 1918
Death: September 29th, 2012
Age: 94 years

Sherman Charles Martin of Cadillac died Saturday, September 29, 2012. He was 94.

Sherman was born April 16, 1918 in Lansing to Wilson and Ida (Umbarger) Martin. He graduated from Morley High School as Class Valedictorian in 1936 and Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant in 1940. In the fall of 1940 Sherm began his 44 years in education by accepting a teaching and coaching job at the Pinnebog, Michigan School System. He became the school principal within the first year of his employment. In 1941 he moved to Marcellus to teach and coach and it is here he met his future wife Kathryn Keenan. In 1942 he accepted a teaching job in Onaway and in that September he married Kathryn.

The next year, 1943, as an already licensed pilot, Sherm joined the United States Naval Air Corp. Following the war he returned to Morley to resume his teaching and coaching career. In 1949 Sherm moved to Gaylord to teach and coach and in 1954 became Otsego County Superintendent of Schools.  In 1960 Sherm completed his Master’s Degree of School Administration from Michigan State University. In the spring of 1962 he moved to Pentwater where he was Superintendent of Schools and in 1964 Missaukee County Schools was added to his responsibilities followed by the Marion and Pine River School System.

1971 Marked the beginning of what is now the Intermediate Vocational School Complex. Later that year Bob Deck, Intermediate Vocational School Primcipal and Sherm, Superintendent, were declared Cadillac’s “Men of the Year” by the Tribune Record Newspaper for their efforts relative to the launching of the Vocational School. In 1976 Sherm was voted “Boss of the Year” by the Cadillac Jaycees. Sherman retired in March 1985.

Sherman was an avid outdoorsman who in later years spent most of his leisure time fishing and gardening. His web of friends was extensive and seemed to always revolve around his love for love of fishing. Sherman  was preceded in death by a son, James in 1969 and wife Kathryn in 1985. He is survived by daughter, Melanie Martin of Traverse City, sons, Charles Martin of Big Rapids, Curtis (Mary Sue) Martin of Cadillac, daughter Stacey (Brian) Cooper of Cadillac, six grandchildren, PK Martin of Mesick, Kathryn (Eric) Sturgeon of Fayetteville, NC, Kari Martin of Butte, MT, Marilynn Martin of Ypsilanti, Alyssa and Keenan Cooper of Cadillac. Sherman is also survived by special friend Helen Vivian of Cadillac.

Sherm requested that his body be given to the science department at Michigan State University for student study.

A memorial will be held at the United Methodist Church in Cadillac on Sunday October 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM. Judy Coffey will officiate. Those wishing an expression of sympathy are asked to consider, CASA Baseball / Softball or the Cadillac High School Band Boosters.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted the Hall-Holdship Funeral Home, Manton.   Please click here to send Online Condolences for Mr. Martin  to the family or go to

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